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Death in the Grizzly Maze: The Timothy Treadwell Storyby Mike Lapinski
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On the afternoon of Sunday, October 5, 2003, in Alaska's Katmai National Park, one or more brown bears killed and ate Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard. The next day, park rangers investigating the site shot and killed two bears that threatened them; it was later determined that one of the bears had human flesh and clothing in its stomach.
This chilling story immediately captured worldwide media attention, not only because of the horrific manner of Timothy and Amie's deaths, but also because Timothy was a well-known wildlife celebrity. His films of close-up encounters with grizzly bears — he spent more than a dozen summers living with and videotaping giant bears in the Alaskan bush — were the subject of television talk shows, movies, and books.
But his work was not without controversy, and some bear experts felt that Treadwell's fatal encounter was a tragedy waiting to happen — the result of the unorthodox tactics he used in his life among the bears.
Death in the Grizzly Maze is the compelling account of Treadwell's intense life and dramatic death. Author Mike Lapinski chronicles Treadwell's rise from self-described alcoholic loser to popular grizzly-bear advocate. Lapinski explores how a waiter from Malibu, California, with no background in biology or wildlife science, came to be considered a bear expert. And he reveals the high cost of the current craze for wildlife celebrities — and what it means for the future of wildlife conservation.
Book News Annotation:
This biography recounts the career of Timothy Treadwell as a bear advocate, his clashes with park officials and biologists in Alaska's Katmai National Park, and his gruesome death from being attacked and eaten by brown bears in 2003.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
On the afternoon of October 5, 2003, in Alaska's Katmai National Park, one or more brown bears killed and ate Timothy Treadwell, a well-known wildlife celebrity, and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard. This frightening and chilling story immediately captured worldwide media attention and ignited a firestorm of controversy. Death in the Grizzly Maze is the compelling account of Treadwell's intense life and dramatic death. Author Mike Lapinski chronicles Treadwell's rise from self-described alcoholic loser to popular grizzly-bear advocate, and he delves into the troubling issues raised by a new breed of wildlife celebrities.
On the afternoon of October 5 2003 in Alaskas Katmai National Park one or more brown bears killed and ate Timothy Treadwell a well-known wildlife celebrity and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard This frightening and chilling story immediately captured w
About the Author
Mike Lapinski is the author of eleven outdoor and nature books and hundreds of magazine articles. His photographs have appeared as inside and cover art in a variety of magazines and books. Mike is considered an expert on the use of bear pepper spray and often speaks on this subject, bears, and self-defense for nature lovers. He lives with his wife, Aggie, most of the year in Superior, Montana, close to grizzlies and grizzly country. While the bears are hibernating, Mike and Aggie live in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where Mike writes about jaguars, ocelots, and other wilderness animals of the Southwest.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Did Timothy Treadwell Have to Die?; (1) The Timothy Treadwell No One Knew; (2) Breaking the Rules in Bear Country; (3) Men Who Loved Animals to Death; (4) Treadwell Soars to Prominence; (5) What Bear Experts Thought of Treadwell's Exploits; (6) The "Bear Whisperer" Syndrome; (7) Katmai National Park--Treadwell's Place of Triumph and Tragedy; (8) Amie Huguenard's Fatal Attraction to Timothy Treadwell; (9) Tragedy Strikes the Treadwell Camp; (10) Officials Kill the Bears that Killed Treadwell; (11) The World Reacts; (12) Have We Learned Anything from Timothy Treadwell?; Conclusion: People Who Truly Love Bears, Leave Them Alone.
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